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City centre bus crash investigated

Published 30/05/2015

The collision occurred at the corner of Queen Street and Argyle Street in Glasgow
The collision occurred at the corner of Queen Street and Argyle Street in Glasgow

An investigation is under way after a man and a woman were critically injured when they were hit by a bus in a busy city centre street.

The incident happened at about 2.35pm yesterday at the corner of Queen Street and Argyle Street in Glasgow.

The crash, in a busy shopping area, prompted a major response from the emergency services, with a number of fire trucks and a special operations team from the ambulance service involved.

Fire crews used airbags to release the two pedestrians from underneath the double-decker bus.

The two injured people, believed to be aged in their 70s, were taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where hospital staff described their condition as critical yesterday evening.

The bus driver was uninjured but was left extremely shaken by the incident.

The collision happened just a few hundred metres from the scene of the bin lorry crash which claimed the lives of six people in December last year.

Police appealed for information about the incident today.

Sergeant Andrew Mair, from the road policing department, said: "Where the crash happened is an extremely busy shopping area and I would appeal to any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to contact us by calling 101, the non-emergency number for Police Scotland."

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it had up to 25 firefighters on the scene at the height of the incident.

Part of the city centre was brought to a standstill as nearby roads were closed and emergency services worked to deal with the situation.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said they had "a number of ambulance crews" on the scene as well as a special operations team and a trauma team.

A spokeswoman for bus operator First Glasgow said yesterday: "We can confirm an incident occurred this afternoon involving a First Glasgow service and two pedestrians.

"We are doing everything we can to support the emergency services and a full investigation to establish exactly what happened is under way."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Twitter: "Very concerned to hear about the bus accident in Glasgow city centre. My thoughts are with those involved."

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